A North Carolina elementary school is reporting two cases of chickenpox. Barnardsville Elementary School says the health department sent out letters informing the parents of all school children.
Both of the children were vaccinated, Buncombe County Health and Human Services, but the agency says that “vaccination does not mean immunity.”
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One dose of the varicella vaccine is about 85 percent effective. Two doses are 88-90 percent effective.
“It’s the best way to prevent your child from getting sick with chickenpox and the best to avoid serious complication of chicken pox. I don’t think people take it seriously, but it can lead to hospitalization, severe infections in the brain and even kill people. So, the vaccination makes sense,” BCHHS medical director Dr. Jennifer Mullendore said.
It was also noted that vaccinations decrease symptoms of chickenpox, but they apparently don’t prevent it from happening? If more than 5 people, staff or children, are diagnosed with chickenpox, everyone who attends the school will need to prove that they’ve been vaccinated against chickenpox.
So althought it is the vaccinated acquiring and possibly transmitting the illness, the unvaccinated will take the fall for it.